Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Newton's Third Law

Sir Isaac Newton worked in many areas of mathematics and physics. He developed the theories of gravitation in 1666, when he was only 23 years old and some twenty years later, in 1686, he presented his three laws of motion in the "Principia Mathematica Philosophiae Naturalis." These three laws (particularly Newton’s 3rd law) are quite unique in that they actually apply more than to the study of physics but to our behaviors and actions of our daily lives.

Newton’s third law states “that for every action (force) in nature there is an equal and opposite reaction”. When we consider this law in human behavior people should want to consider analyzing all the consequences and benefits prior to making decisions and actions, as the results might have an impact on more people other than just themselves.

Too many times we make decisions to get ourselves further ahead without thinking about assisting others getting ahead. At the same time we don’t consider any negative or detrimental effects that our decisions/actions/words might have on those around us. Don’t get me wrong, taking the initiative to take yourself to the next level is required for your own personal growth and development. However, when actions are not well-thought out and are driven solely by self-fullfillment, you might want to consider who is going to be affected by the outcome of those actions.

Newton’s 3rd law is a law.
Newton’s 3rd law is simple.
Newton’s 3rd law is reality.

Any action is a form of motion, therefore, if we were to abide by Newton’s third law of motion, we must understand that for every action in nature there will be an equal and opposite reaction (whether it directly affects you or others).

Therefore,

Take the time to think before you act.
Take the time to help up as opposed to kick down.
Take the time to act selfless and not selfish.

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